MiGMan’s World Tour

 

What is MiGMan’s World Tour?

Let me show you all the cool and fun places I've found in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

You will want to take these flights again and again! I know I do, check out the hundreds of videos I've made flying these exact same missions.

Make the entire world your playground as you get to know the local neighbourhood... in every country in the world.

These missions are designed for VISUAL flying.

So, forget about your autopilot, get your head on a swivel, your hand on the stick, and enjoy the fantastic scenery in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The MiGMan's World Tour format


Using just the two flight plans included in Africa Visual Vol.4, I spent a fun-filled week exploring Cape Town, South Africa. Some of my explorations lasted a few minutes, some an hour. Check them out and get inspiration for your own flights.

Using only one flight plan from Europe Visual Vol.4, I spent a fun filled week exploring sunny Cardiff, Wales.

Back to the basics. Good old fashioned stick and rudder flying. Feel the wind in your hair, look out the window and enjoy the view!

 

Product range

Africa Visual Vol. 1

Africa Visual Vol.1

25 flights in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape-Verde, Central African Republic.

Choose your own aircraft, weather and time of day.

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Africa Visual Vol. 2

Africa Visual Vol.2

26 flights in Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea

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Africa Visual Vol. 3

Africa Visual Vol.3

25 flights in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco

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Africa Visual Vol. 4

Africa Visual Vol.4

26 flights in Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Asia Visual Vol. 1

Asia Visual Vol.1

32 flights in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kuril Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Macao, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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Caribbean Visual Vol. 1

Caribbean Visual Vol.1

25 flights in Anguilla (UK), Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (Netherlands), Bahamas (Abaco, Berry Islands, Bight of Acklins, Bimini Islands, Castaway Cay, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Long Island, New Providence, San Salvador Island, The Bahamas), Barbados, Belize.

Map of the more than 700 locations featured in Caribbean Visual Volumes 1,2,3 and 4

Videos of the flights in this volume

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Caribbean Visual Vol. 2

Caribbean Visual Vol.2

The 25 flight plans give you 63 different routes to explore in Bonaire (Netherlands), British Virgin Islands (UK), Cayman Islands (UK), Cuba, Curacao (Netherlands), Dominica, Dominican Republic.

Map of the more than 700 locations featured in Caribbean Visual Volumes 1,2,3 and 4

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Caribbean Visual Vol. 3

Caribbean Visual Vol.3

25 flight plans and 105 round trips in Federal Dependencies of Venezuela, Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique (France), Monsserrat (UK), Nueva Esparta (Venezuela), Puerto Rico (USA), Saba (Netherlands), Saint Barthelemy (France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Andres and Providencia (Colombia), Sint Eustatius (Netherlands), Sint Maarten (Netherlands)

Map of the more than 700 locations featured in Caribbean Visual Volumes 1,2,3 and 4

Videos of the flights in this volume

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Caribbean Visual Vol. 4

Caribbean Visual Vol.4

This package, free to purchasers of Caribbean Visual Volume 1, 2 or 3, rounds out the most thorough exploration yet of the Caribbean region in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This library of Caribbean flights will guarantee you hundreds of hours of sightseeing fun when you add in the 700 plus locations and the ability to fly any aircraft and at any time of day or night, and in any weather!

Locations: Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Contents:

  • 7 .pln files
  • 45 page Briefing pdf shows you step by step and in beautiful illustrations, how to enjoy 22 round trips
  • Installation Guide pdf
  • User Guide | Shows you how to load the flights, setup your weather and time, and tips on visual navigation

Map of the more than 700 locations featured in Caribbean Visual Volumes 1,2,3 and 4

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Europe Visual Vol. 1

Europe Visual Vol.1

25 flights in Abkhazia, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovnia, Bulgaria, Croatia

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Europe Visual Vol. 1

Europe Visual Vol.2

26 flights in Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy

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Europe Visual Vol. 3

Europe Visual Vol.3

25 flights in France, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Pridnestrovie, Romania

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Europe Visual Vol. 4

Europe Visual Vol.4

26 flights in Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

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Middle East Visual Vol. 1

Middle East Visual Vol.1

The 25 flight plans included give you 42 different flights as illustrated in the 244 page Briefing Notes pdf. Explore Bahrain, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Kuwait.

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Middle East Visual Vol. 1 Middle East Visual Vol.1 Game Edition: NX Cub

Middle East Visual Vol.1 Game Edition: NX Cub

AVAILABLE only in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace.
25 flights in Bahrain, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Kuwait.

What is the GAME EDITION?. Enjoy all the player assistance available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator engine such as waypoint markers, airport markers, assisted takeoff and landing, no crashes and more.

Middle East Visual Vol. 2

Middle East Visual Vol.2

The 25 flight plans included give you 70 different flights as explained in the 207 page Briefing Notes pdf. Explore Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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Standard Edition

The standard edition is designed for flight sim fans who have a bit of experience and enjoy the freedom of the genre. They also value their time and like to jump straight into a flight knowing they're going to see something interesting.

Fly the way you want to fly!

A perfect day out.
Now use the MiGMan’s World Tour flights and Microsoft Flight Simulator to do that all over the world!
Here are the main differences as compared to the game edition:

 

Standard Edition: Package Contents

 

Supporting material

The material listed here is accessible at www.migman.com with any internet-connected device. I recommend using your mobile phone or a tablet in your home cockpit for even more immersion.

 

Standard Edition: System requirements

 

Standard Edition: Which aircraft is it for?

Any aircraft that you own in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Recommended aircraft: ultralights, general aviation aircraft, helicopters, amphibious, turbo props, fast jets.
Your aircraft typeYour time per flight | Pros and cons
General aviation aircraft, any light aircraft.
Cruise 60-120 knots.
45 minutes to 1 hour.
The preferred way to sight see in an aircraft.
Helicopters.
Cruise speed 80-120 knots.
45 minutes to 1 hour.
Helicopters are really enjoyable for checking out scenery features. You can get up close and personal with the scenery AND land anywhere!
Amphibious Aircraft.Many of the missions include water features for you to land on. Fly to a luxury resort, land on the lake. Have a cup of tea. Come back and resume your flight. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
Fast turbo props.
Cruise speed 150-250 knots.
30 to 45 minutes.
A great way to see a lot of scenery, quickly!
TOP GUN PILOTS.
Fast jets with a cruise speed of 300 knots plus.
15 to 20 minutes. Many of the flights can be flown as low-level speed runs. Check out the videos!
Airliners.Airliners are not the best for sight seeing flights, although it is possible.

 

Standard Edition: How to fly

The Standard Editions are geared towards the sim pilot who wants more control of his aircraft and the simulation.
How to start:

 

Game Editions

Enjoy the player assistance available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator engine such as waypoint markers, airport markers, assisted takeoff and landing, no crashes and more.

 

Game Edition: System requirements

 

Game Edition: Start your flight

Run Microsoft Flight Simulator
Click on ACTIVITIES
Scroll to the right and click on CUSTOM
Click on a flight
Start the flight
The VFR MAP (press V on PC) and the NAV LOG will already be open.

HINT: To toggle the VFR MAP press V on a PC.

HINT: To toggle the NAV LOG press N on a PC.

Take off and follow the ASSISTANCE POINTER to your first waypoint.

 

Game Edition: End your flight

Land at the airport you took off from and turn the engine off.

Piper NX Cub

Turn the engine off with the KEY located on the right hand side of your cockpit panel.

 

Piper NX Cub

Any aircraft from the Piper Cub series is great for sightseeing, with excellent all round visibility and easy handling in the air. They have been around since 1938, and so are tried and tested!
For aspiring fighter pilots, they have the cool factor in that there is nobody sitting next to you! The instructor or passenger sits behind you.
The XCub series have a moving maps right there in the cockpit, and these aircraft are included in the Standard, Premium and Deluxe editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Asobo XCub

History

The original Piper Cub and most of it's derivants are tail-draggers. Tail draggers present a couple of difficulties:
Enter the NX Cub. N for nose-wheel.
Cubcrafters NX Cub
The NX retains all the good features of the Cub and removes the two problems listed above.
Just after takeoff. I have the NAVLOG window open on the left, and am steering in the general direction of the magenta line on the moving map display.

 

Navigating in the Piper NX Cub


Cockpit layout in the XCub, with the NAVLOG open.

Close up of the moving map.
There is a lot of useful information here. From top left:
So, accordingly I:

Yes!

 

Look left and right

In most aircraft the view forward and down is partially blocked by the engine compartment.
The solution then is to approach the target at an angle and use the superior left and right views.
Here are a few examples, taken from Middle East Visual Vol.1: Cyprus: Larnace to Nicosia.
Note: These images were taken in the Zlin Shock Ultra, a more rugged version of the Cub series. It has no moving map in the cockpit.

Even though it has good visibility, the view straight ahead is partially blocked by the engine. So here I am planning my turn so I approach the waypoint from one side.

I am slightly left of the waypoint, and can clearly see the landmark out the right side.

The recon images in MiGMan’s World Tour were taken between 1000 and 1500 ft altitude. So, initially, approach them from that altitude range in order to recognise them.


Approaching right, looking left. Geometric shapes with contrasting colours are fairly easy to see.

Most of the waypoints in MiGMan’s World Tour can be reached by following a road, river, coastline or valley.


Approaching right, looking left. The colour of bodies of water depend on time of day and weather, sometimes easy to see, sometimes not! In this case the sharp and simple geometry make the ponds stand out.

Approaching right, looking left.
Why not fly over the aiport? Because that airport is over the border, and we don't want to cross borders in MiGMan’s World Tour. However we can certainly use it as a reference point. The NAVLOG says the intersection is 0.7nm south east of the airport so, locate the airport visually and flt slightly south.

 

This waypoint is hard to see!

This next waypoint is at the most difficult level in MiGMan’s World Tour because it is hard to see.
I have included landmarks like this because:

Approaching right, looking left.
You can see I have circled the waypoint to lower and lower levels until I could see the airport. It was worth it!
In fact I landed there and had a cup of tea with the friendly staff. They don't get many visitors.

Approaching right, looking left. This landmark was chosen because of it's contrasting colour with the surrounding landscape.

 

Look left and right Plan your turns

Every type of aircraft presents different challenges in regard to seeing what is around you.
Here are some examples with suggested solutions. This is all part of the fun of flying!

 

Look left and right Plan your turns

A plane can't turn like a skateboard. It turns in arcs, or circular patterns.

Also, most aircraft don't have great visibility directly ahead because the nose hides the ground. To see objects below you generally have to look left or right.
Let's use this to our advantage!
So, in this example, to see the football field indicatd in the diagram and turn right we will:
How to think ahead and get a great view of those landmarks!
Approaching the RIGHT turn. Keeping the object on our RIGHT
Approaching the first LEFT turn. Keeping the object on our LEFT
Looking LEFT
Still banked LEFT as we approach another LEFT turn
Looking LEFT

 

F/A-18E Superhornet: Aircraft with HUD

The HUD (Heads Up Display) is great for showing flight data as you look straight ahead.
However it can make it difficult to spot subtle scenery objects. Here are a few examples with suggestions as to how to get around the problem.

As you can see, or rather can't see, the water treatment ponds are very hard to spot through the HUD.

Solution? Move your head to the left.

Similarly here, the road junction is quite difficult to see.

Solution? Move your head to the right, or as seen here, fly without the cockpit view. This solution is particularly popular with home cockpit builders, who display their instruments outside the simulator.

Approaching the waypoint from the left or right helps too.

Get your head in the game any way you can!

 

Assistance Features

Microsoft Flight Simulator has a host of features to help people enjoy flying and sight-seeing with no hassle!
In the MiGMan’s World Tour GAME EDITIONS these features are turned on as much as is possible.
In the regular editions the settings default to the player's preferences and are totally adjustable.

Aircraft Systems

Automixture, Unlimited Fuel, Aircraft lights, Gyro Drift

Navigation Aids

 

Waypoint Markers

When you are 2000 feet from the waypoint, the Assistance Pointer will automatically switch to the next waypoint.

Waypoint Markers

Waypoint Marker in Microsoft Flight Simulator as seen from the external view.

Waypoint Marker in Microsoft Flight Simulator as seen from the cockpit view.
Taxi Ribbons
Landing Ribbon
Smartcam Mode

Piloting

Take-off Auto Rudder, Assisted Yoke, Assisted Checklist, Assisted Landing, Assisted Takeoff, AI Radio Comms (ATC), AI Anti-Stall, Auto Trim, Assisted Controller Sensitivity.

User Experience

Air Traffic Control (ATC): Panel, Message log, Voices
Checklists

NAV LOG

Open the NAV LOG by pressing "N"
The NAV LOG in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Using the NAV LOG to confirm that you are at the right landmark.

 

VFR MAP

Open the VFR MAP by pressing "V"
The VFR MAP in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
AI piloting in cursor mode

Failure & Damages

No Crash mode, No Stress Damage, No Engine Stress Damage, No Icing.

Notifications

Assistance with: Piloting & Controls, Aircraft System, Flying Tips, Objectives, Software Tips.

 

POI Markers

Points of Interest (POI) can be indicated by arrows and icons in the sim environment.

The FLIGHT ASSISTANT menu allows you to select Fauna, Airports, Cities, or Landmarks.

In this example I have opened the FLIGHT ASSISTANT menu, selected LANDMARKS, and clicked on SET AS DESTINATION for the Temple Mount landmark.

In this example I have opened the FLIGHT ASSISTANT menu, selected LANDMARKS, and clicked on SET AS DESTINATION for the Temple Mount landmark.

Gameplay Assistance

ATC Panel, Delegate Control when using mouse view, HUD visible in the Chase view, HUD visible in the Cockpit view, Auto Logbook update, Assisted Elevator, G Suit.